New Zealand replace England to top the ICC ODI men’s rankings

The ODI world champions slip to fourth but remain the top-ranked side in T20Is, ahead of India by five points

New Zealand has surpassed ODI world champions England to claim the top spot in the men’s ODI rankings, moving up two spots in the annual report. England, which has fallen to fourth in the format, has maintained their top spot in T20Is, but New Zealand has also risen – from fifth to seventh. 

These revisions exclude 2017-18 results and offer a 50 per cent weightage to matches played until May 2020, which includes the 2019 World Cup. As a result of New Zealand’s 3-0 victory over Bangladesh in their only ODI series of the 2020-21 season, they now have 121 points.

Australia has risen two places to second position with 118 points, while India has slipped one spot to third place with 115 points, trailing England by a single decimal point.

England fell to fourth place after losing 2-1 series to Australia and India, as well as an ODI to Ireland in the previous 12 months. West Indies has also risen to ninth position, passing Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, England maintained their lead in Twenty20 Internationals, remaining five points clear of India after a string of outstanding results in the previous year. During that time, they drawn a three-match series against Pakistan 1-1, beat Australia 2-1, and South Africa 3-0 before falling to India 3-2 on the road. 

Series victories over the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh propelled New Zealand to the top of the T20I rankings. Australia, on the other hand, dropped from third to the fifth position. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh each moved up one spot to the eighth and ninth position in the table, respectively. West Indies have fallen two positions to eighth.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Africa have not changed positions in either format. Afghanistan is ranked tenth in ODIs and seventh in T20Is, Pakistan is ranked sixth in ODIs and fourth in T20Is, and South Africa is ranked fifth in ODIs and sixth in T20Is.

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